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Not many information available about this Jam Band from Tel Aviv, which kindly gives us a hint with their group name. If you like modern Afrobeat-based bands like Antibalas, you can hop on the train, the waggons beside Afrobeat are Funk, Soul, Jazz, diverse Latin styles, Hip Hop and some Mideast influences.  Sounds promising? It is!

Anikuku consists of DJ Sabbo, member of the fantastic Soulico crew, who plays a prominet role in the band and which results in a different sound compared to bands like Antibalas; the several times at urbanology featured Kutiman; Yaya Cohen Aharonov (bass) and Shlomi Alon (sax) from the highly recommend hebrew Hip Hop/Funk group Hadag Nahash, as well as Ilan Arad (sax) and Idan K (percussions, dijeridoo).

Just having Funk!



As a reader of urbanology you might know Kutiman already and his funky afro-beat clash from Tel Aviv. Kutiman now lifts sampling to a new level. He gone through hundreds of YouTube vids in which people from all over the world played instruments, from the kid who plays bass in front of his unit wall, the drummer in his garage or the old lady playing organ in church. Kutiman samples them all, throws them in the mixer and spits out funky outer space songs, ranging from dubby reaggae influenced tunes to straight funk smashers, hell yeah! And the best, you also can see all the samples he took from the vids and looped. Read much more about this project at wired.com and of course visit Kutiman´s webpage to listen to the music and see the vids. If you want to download the songs and don´t want to rip them to mp3 from youtube by yourself, have a look here.

Kutiman created Sampling 2.0 for the internet age and follows the tracksof all the pioneers from the early 80s to the video scratching pioneers from the early 90s. And it is raising questions about copyright issues once again, is it another nail in the coffin of copyright as we know it? I recommend you also to visit the webpage of an interesting project of Johannes Kreidler on the copyright issues and how these don´t fit anymore in the digital age.

All the other songs: here. WYSIWYG.

Ophir Kutiel a.k.a. Kutiman from Tel Aviv is just 25 years old, but he incorporates James Brown and Sly Stone type funk beats, complete with sinewy wah-wah guitar licks and popping backbeats, in his soulful afrobeat creations like an old funk player from the 70s. The multi-instrumentalist, who impressively plays the majority of the instruments on the album and also plays drums in the moog funk group Koliphones from Tel Aviv, merges a contemporary mindset with the sounds and styles of funk and psychedelic lore throughout this melodically-rich album. To diversify his aesthetic, he draws a little bit of reggae into the fold as well, clearly moved by the time he spent in the Caribbean traveling and taking in the musical culture. Kutiman invited some of the greatest musicians from the Israeli scene, on three tracks Karolina is featured with her beautiful voice, frontwomen of the soulful reggae group Funset and part of the chart breaking trio Ha-Banot Nechama, which are real superstars in Israel. Also on three tracks is Elran Dekel featured, maybe a nobody to you, but he is the leadsinger of the Israeli funk band Funk’n’stein, attracting international attention. For the extra kick the whole Funk’n’stein brass section is featured too.

“There are some great and gifted musicians in Tel Aviv, but the scene is so small we could all meet up in my room” explains Kutiman, this small scene must be superb.

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